Nvidia Unveils Project SHIELD Portable Gaming Unit
Nvidia is making a move into the PC and mobile gaming markets with their new gaming device referred to as Project SHIELD. The device was revealed at this yearÂs CES event and boasts to allow players to play both Android games and also functions as a wireless receiver and controller capable of streaming games from a PC powered by NVIDIA GeForceÂ® GTX GPUs, including titles on Steam.
Project SHIELD on the surface looks a lot like a sleek Xbox-style controller with a mounted display. But inside, the device is powered by the Tegra 4, a custom 72-core GeForce GPU with the first quad-core application of ARMÂs Cortex-A15 CPU complete with integrated speakers, multi-touch display Wi-Fi and the latest version of the Android Bean operating system. The system allows play on its own screen or on your own bigger screen, making it somewhat console-like.
With all that technical stuff out of the way that just leaves the obvious question Â is this a new step forward in gaming, or is that what the next generation of fancy paperweights will look like? Have a look at the trailer below and tell us which you think it will be.
Check out the press release below for more technical details and visit the Project SHIELD website to learn more.
NVIDIA Untethers Gaming with Project SHIELD, WorldÂs First Gaming Portable for Open Platforms
Designed for Modern Gamers to Play When, Where, How They Want
LAS VEGASÂCESÂJan. 6, 2013Â NVIDIA today announced Project SHIELD, the worldÂs first gaming portable for open platforms, designed for modern gamers who yearn to play when, where and how they want.
Created with the philosophy that gaming should be open and flexible, Project SHIELD flawlessly plays both Android and PC titles. As a pure Android device, it gives access to any game on Google Play. And as a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from a PC powered by NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® GTX GPUs, accessing titles on its STEAM game library from anywhere in the home.
ÂProject SHIELD was created by NVIDIA engineers who love to game and imagined a new way to play,Â said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer at NVIDIA. ÂWe were inspired by a vision that the rise of mobile and cloud technologies will free us from our boxes, letting us game anywhere, on any screen. We imagined a device that would do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books, letting us play in a cool new way. We hope other gamers love SHIELD as much as we do.Â
Project SHIELD combines the advanced processing power of NVIDIA TegraÂ® 4, breakthrough game-speed Wi-Fi technology and stunning HD video and audio built into a console-grade controller. It can be used to play on its own integrated screen or on a big screen, and on the couch or on the go.
Tegra 4 at Its Heart
At the core of Project SHIELD is the worldÂs fastest mobile processor, the new NVIDIA Tegra 4, which delivers enormous power from its custom 72-core GeForce GPU and the first quad-core application of ARMÂs most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15. These, combined with its battery-saver core and energy-saving PRISM 2 technology, deliver hours of gameplay on a single charge.
Windows and Android Games
Windows and Android are the worldÂs most successful computing platforms, with massive ecosystems of system and software developers. While not specifically designed for gaming, both open platforms have drawn gamers by the millions. Project SHIELD is designed to allow them to enjoy Android and Windows games in a new exciting way.
Project SHIELD can instantly download Android games, including Android-optimized titles available on NVIDIAÂs TegraZoneÂ game store, which has already delivered more than 6 million downloads to gamers. SHIELD can also be used as a wireless game receiver to a nearby PC equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher.
Project SHIELDÂs ergonomic controller was built for the gamer who wants ultimate control and precision.
Retinal Gaming Display
Brilliant gameplay and video are provided by Project SHIELDÂs integrated 5-inch, 1280x720 HD retinal multitouch display, with 294 dpi. Plus, Tegra 4 with Direct Touch technology gives it touch responsiveness that is a more consistent, accurate and smooth-flowing touch input experience than a standard touch device.
Tuned Port, Bass Reflex Portable Speaker System
Deep, rich audio is critical for a great gaming experience. And Project SHIELD provides fidelity and dynamic range never before available on a portable device, through its custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system Â with twice the low-frequency output of high-end laptops.
Project SHIELD can also access Android apps such as Hulu, Netflix and Slacker Radio, so users can enjoy their movies and music anywhere without expensive, clumsy wired or wireless speakers.
Support by Leading Industry Analyst
Patrick Moorhead, president and lead analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said: "The market has waited years for a breakthrough gaming device that offers the flexibility, quality and total enjoyment of Project SHIELD. Few companies other than NVIDIA have the vision, guts and deep gaming experience to have pulled this off."
Support by Leading Game Developers
Leading game developers expressed strong support for SHIELD.
Yves Guillemot, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ubisoft, said: ÂUbisoft is always excited about new hardware developments, and Project Shield promises to bring both mobile and PC gamers a great new gaming experience. Seeing the PC version of AssassinÂs Creed III run on the device is a great example of this, and further strengthens UbisoftÂs long-standing relationship with NVIDIA.Â
Mark Rein, vice president and co-founder of Epic Games, said: ÂWith Project Shield, NVIDIA brings an uncompromising, high-performance console experience to mobile devices. Amazing games including 'Real Boxing' and 'Hawken,' which utilize the latest Unreal Engine technology, look fantastic on Project SHIELD. This is just the beginning, and we're truly excited to see what more Unreal Engine developers will do with so much horsepower in such a compact gaming device.Â
Bill Wagner, chief production officer at Meteor Entertainment, said: ÂComing from the openness of a PC platform, we love how accessible Project SHIELD is, and the flexibility it gives gamers everywhere. Project SHIELD gives us the cutting-edge ability to bring a huge free-to-play PC game like 'Hawken' to the handheld gaming audience.Â
More information is available at shield.nvidia.com.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smartphones to supercomputers. NVIDIA's mobile processors are used inÂ mobile phones, tablets and auto infotainment systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds. Professionals use them to create 3D graphics and visual effects in movies and to design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science with high performance computing. The company has more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed or filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For more information, see www.nvidia.co.uk.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the impact, performance and benefits of Project SHIELD and the effects of the companyÂs patents on modern computing are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: global economic conditions; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, package and test our products; the impact of technological development and competition; development of new products and technologies or enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market acceptance of our products or our partners products; design, manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended October 28, 2012. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on the companyÂs website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.
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